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Walmart to redevelop shopping center in Norcross

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Norcross shopping center will be redeveloped into Gwinnett's newest Walmart supercenter.

Green's Corners, a troubled shopping center at the corner of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Rockbridge Road, has become a haven for litter and crime, said David Kirk, an attorney helping Walmart seek a change in conditions before commissioners Tuesday. Kmart, the major tenant of the center, has closed, as have other businesses. Of those that remain, Commissioner Lynette Howard said two night clubs have become a frequent source of consternation for the local police force.

"Frankly, it's just a mess," Kirk said, showing photographs of the cracked, trash-filled parking lot and failing detention pond.

The night clubs would be torn down to make way for an enlarged parking lot for the 149,000-square-foot supercenter, Kirk said.

The conditions request was needed because regulations have changed since the original Green's Corner development. Kirk requested keeping the same general footprint for the Kmart instead of the now-required 75-foot buffer.

While a neighbor of the development whose family once owned the shopping center land disagreed with the request, commissioners approved the change.

The new supercenter -- which will join about a dozen other Walmarts in Gwinnett -- is expected to open in the first quarter of 2013.